Located in your upper abdomen, your liver has many jobs, including turning food into energy and filtering toxins from your body. Your liver makes bile, a compound that helps with digestion. When liver damage is caused by chemicals (such as those in some breast cancer medicines), it's called hepatotoxicity. Liver damage is serious but treatable.
Signs of liver problems may include:
swelling or pain in the abdomen
a yellow tint in the eyes or skin (jaundice)
swollen legs, feet, or ankles
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms of liver problems.
Some treatments for breast cancer can affect how your liver functions:
tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy
Some pain and anti-inflammatory medications may cause liver problems if taken for too long or if taken with alcohol. These medications include acetaminophen (a brand name: Tylenol), aspirin, naproxen (a brand name: Naprosyn), and Relafen (chemical name: nabumetone), as wel...
It is extremely important to place the following information in context as it does not in any way represent medical advice for any patient. It should also be mentioned that all standard Multiple Sclerosis (MS) immunomodulator drugs can in rare cases damage the liver and isolated severe attacks have been reported. In addition, it should be mentioned that the liver enzyme elevation reported is 0.1% or 1/1000 users of Tysabri , and that 4% of MS Tysabri users experienced liver enzyme elevation as opposed to 5% of placebo controls (those receiving inactive substances during testing). The liver is a critical metabolic organ that enzymatically processes many foods, toxins and drugs that enter our systems. One way we know that the liver is being stressed is the identification of an elevation of liver (hepatic) enzymes (transaminases: AST/SGOT, ALT/SGPT, GGT) in our blood. In addition, the liver manufactures bilirubin, which aids in the removal of metabolic breakdown products. If a t...
If you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist and get
it taken care of. If you have complex
diabetes , you go to an endocrinologist and get it taken care of. If you have cancer, you go to an oncologist
and get it taken care of. Where do you
go if you have pain?
You might think you
go to a "Pain Specialist." Who might
that be? Here's a short list of
possibilities: A psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, a physiatrist, a
neurologist, a psychologist; or different individuals who practice massage,
acupuncture, or hypnosis; or interventional pain physicians, or a physician who
favors the use of medicines, or physicians who prefer not to use pain medicines . This is the short list of
If you are like many,
perhaps most, people living with chronic pain , you have tried the whole list
and then some---and this journey may have taken years. Each stop along the way typically there is
hope; there are tests and trea...
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